Physical Therapy Is The Anterior Cruciate Ligament ( Acl ) Reconstruction

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One of the prevalent and frequently seen surgeries in Physical Therapy is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction which is the result of an injury. The ACL is a ligament in the knee. The ligament crosses through to the back of the knee. In sports, an injury to the ACL has been known to take athletes out for a season. The anatomy of the ACL is created to support the knee. The ACL creates a cross in the knee when partnered with the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The PCL runs opposite the ACL and helps the ACL to support the knee. The job of the anterior cruciate ligament is to keep the tibia from moving in the anterior direction and the femur from rotating.
The ACL is a common repair and occurs in sports. There are two types of ACL injuries that occur contact and non-contact. Contact injury is defined here to mean that two people or even a person and an object, such as a ball, collide with a massive force and cause the movement of the knee in a way that tears the ligament. An example of this would be when two soccer players collide as they are going for the ball and the force of player one hits player two on the back of the knee causing the tibia to move in that anterior motion further than the limits of the anterior cruciate ligament and causing the tear. Although, many times the ACL injury is a contact injury there are some that are a non-contact injury. Non-contact injuries are those that occur without any external force being placed on it. For example, a…

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